Where Speciality Instructor Training?

Dive more, have more fun and teach about your favourite subjects.


Specialty instructor courses provide valuable teaching tips for meeting the requirements of the course.

You can choose from any of the 27 standard specialty courses that PADI offers along with distinctive specialty courses your Course Director may offer. Having five specialty instructor ratings is a prerequisite for the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating.


What do I need to start?


PADI’s Specialty Instructor Manual (product no. 70250) includes the specialty instructor guides for all of PADI’s standardized specialties. The outlines are also available digitally on the Specialty Instructor Manual CD-ROM (product no. 70909MUL). Once registered, the digital specialty manual can be updated for a discounted price.


What will I do?


Specialty Instructor Training course attendance is highly recommended. These courses provide valuable hands-on training, technique demonstrations, course marketing information, current PADI Standards information and, when applicable, instructor-level open water training. 


How long will it take?


Each speciality will consist of a theory and classroom presentation followed by at least one open water dive for assessment.


What will I need?


Renewed PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, PADI Instructor or have completed an IDC or Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program with the last 12 mounths.


Where can I go from here?

Once you can teach five specialities you can apply for the MDST rating and go on to your IDC Staff Instructor Course


Speciality Instructor Course fee:


£99 - excludes course materials and PADI application fees


Master Scuba Diver Preparation Course


The Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart from other dive instructors by showing your commitment to continuing your dive training and being prepared to help others continue their training as well. You also get to teach specialty diver courses - which opens the door to lots of fun while working.


What do I need to start?


You will need to be a qualified and renewed PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

You will also need the PADI Speciality Instructor manual.


What will I do?


You’re a new instructor? Just finished the IE? No problem. See your Course Director for PADI Specialty Instructor Training and the Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep Course.


Become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) As a PADI MSDT, you:


Demonstrate to a dive employer that you have good experience in teaching diving and also can teach a range of specialty diver courses. This makes a dive centre or resort more likely to offer you a position.


How long will it take?


The PADI MSDT Prep Course is completed over a 2-4 day period depending on the specialities you choose to teach


What will I need?


To qualify as a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, you must

  • Be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor 

  • Have five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications

  • Have certified at least 25 PADI Divers


Where can I go from here?


As a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, you


  • Teach the specialties you love to teach

  • Enjoy watching your student divers excel as you lead them from PADI Open Water Diver to PADI Master Scuba Diver 

  • Increase your income with multiple level training

  • Meet one of the requirements to qualify as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor


MSDT Prep Course Fee:

£350 - excludes course materials and PADI application fees


Whats my next step?


Matt and Kendra above after becoming Instructor with their Course Director Gary Price

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